Brownfield Project Management-Lean Portfolio


(Project Management)

Outstanding Features

Greater asset improvement, in less time for less money. The day offers an energizing mix of theory and practice including two sessions of team-based simulation.

Expertly coached by industry renowned Stuart Elliot, who will guide your individual planning to improve your portfolio value.

Course Overview

The challenge at every operating plant is to improve performance year over year, despite limited resources and the relentless wear and tear that comes with ‘pushing’ an ageing asset. This one-day course introduces a Lean governance framework for the portfolio of hundreds of small and mid-sized engineered improvements necessary to sustain and improve an operating plant.

Portfolio management is different from project management, starting with the overall goal. Lean portfolio governance enables facility management to align key contributors (notably Finance, Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Supply Chain and Construction) to achieve a shared goal of more asset improvements in less time for less money and effort. Some companies use the term ‘brownfield capital efficiency’ for this desirable outcome.

The stakes are high a large and growing backlog of project work requests could be a leading indicator that the asset is wearing out faster than it is being improved. The course introduces the principles of Lean brownfield portfolio management and equips participants to begin to implement them at their operating facilities.

Target Audience

This is a management course designed for plant managers and middle managers who are responsible for developing, delivering or controlling an annual program of brownfield asset improvements, also known as sustaining project work, in support of an operating facility. Direct reports to these positions will also gain from attending.

The type of leader who would benefit from this course is one seeking ways to get more asset improvements in less time for less money but who may have concerns about whether traditional project controls help the overall portfolio (and the asset that it serves) as much as they help individual projects.

You Will Learn How to

  • Define and communicate a goal that will align Operations, Maintenance, Engineering and Finance
  • Understand four distinct business practices which lead to more asset improvements
  • Declutter any backlog of brownfield project work requests to create project idea validation focus
  • Adapt and apply a Risk Matrix to further refine the list of valid projects
  • Recognize and optimize the constraints to get more asset improvements in less time for less money.
  • Build on the strengths of current project controls to create more portfolio value


  • Introductions
  • Zookeeper fame and debrief
  • Governance: The Predictability Trap
  • Principles of Brownfield Portfolio Management
  • Application Within participant’s organization
  • Apply Principles to Zookeeper

Course Details

The course begins with an engaging interactive brownfield portfolio simulation to show the surprising range of impact of project selection and timing (two big decisions in managing portfolios) when measured against a shared portfolio goal. Participants then take the lessons from the simulation and apply them to their own portfolio governance, looking specifically at how management attention is divided amongst:

  • Improving the asset
  • Using resources wisely
  • Doing what’s promised
  • Learning to do it all better

Instructor shares insights into common blind spots in brownfield portfolio governance to help participants recognize their own blind spots. Each participant, or groups of participants from the same company, will have a chance to outline an implementation framework aimed at improving capital efficiency, alignment and portfolio value in their own organizations.

It’s not just conceptual; participants will be introduced to the Reliability Integrity Bang for the Buck (RIBB) tool that can be adapted to any existing risk matrix and used immediately to sort and spread a backlog over time, improving clarity and value for annual budgeting. The day ends with the opportunity to revisit the Portfolio Zookeeper simulation to apply lessons learnt and improve the value created from the sample portfolio.

Course Length

1 Day

Course Director

Stuart Elliot


Upon completion, you will receive a Worley Academy Certificate of Completion.

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